What To Do When Fishing in Muddy Water
While you can dream of perfect conditions for each one of your fishing outings, unfortunately it simply isn't meant to be and you are bound to hit spots that have muddy water which can make fishing much more difficult.
Fishing in muddy water doesn't mean you have to go home empty handed if you follow the right steps and strategies.
From the type of bait and lure you use, how shallow the water is, and even your casting angle and speed, there are a wide range of elements that factor into successful fishing in muddy water.
Types of Lures
When fishing in muddy water, arguably the most important factor in this process is the type of lure you use.
Since there is less visibility under the water for the fish, you have to utilize a lure that can really stand out or plays to their other senses in the water.
Harnessing sound in different baits is one of the best ways you can attract fish when their sight is hindered by the water.
By using a rattle on a jig lure, you can give the lure a little flick with your wrist as you slowly pull it through the water to make a clicking sound that the fish can track by ear.
A classic spinnerbait is another outstanding option to use in murky water as the blade creates a vibration when it hits the water and moves through it that fish, specifically bass, can track and listen to.
If none of these baits are up to your liking, using colored crankbaits or a dark jig can provide a lure that is much easier to see in the murky waters so you can still attract the fish by eyesight.
Where to Fish on the Water
As important as it is to use the correct lures, finding the fish is even more important. If you are casting in areas where it is unlikely to find fish, you will never reel in anything.
Depth of water is an important element to focus on as bass and other fish will attract to certain depths when the water isn't crystal clear.
A flat is a great spot to attack with your lures, roughly six feet deep and even going out to 10 or 12. While it is very difficult or impossible to see the fish in the murky waters, going after the shallower areas heightens your percentage of hooking something as there is less area that you need to cover and grasp for.
By staying closer to the shoreline where there is some cover in tall grasses on the edge will typically provide you with a good hot spot to reel in a good amount of fish even on a day where you can't even see your own hand in the water.
Follow some of these simple tips and tricks and you can reel in the fish no matter what the water conditions are.
- John Harley